What is Burns Night?:
How is Burn's Night Celebrated?:
Celebrations including eating, drinking, and many toasts - see below.
What Foods are Served on Burns Night?:
Pudding is a Tipsy Laird - Trifle, and to drink, of course Whisky.
What Happens on Burns Night?:
What is the Formal Ceremony on Burn's Night?:
"Some hae meat and cannot eat.Then follows the legendary Parade of the Haggis when guests stand and clapping their hands welcome the Haggis accompanied by the sound of the bagpipes as the Haggis and chef approach the top table.
Some cannot eat that want it:
But we hae meat and we can eat,
Sae let the Lord be thankit.'
The traditional Address to the Haggis,
'His knife, see rustic labour dichtis said before the knife is plunged into the Haggis and eating begins.
An' cut ye up wi' ready slight'
Speeches are made usually in praise of Robbie Burns and there is a traditional "Toast to the Lassies' made by a male guest as thanks to the women in their lives. The reply toast comes when a woman will stand and reply to the previous toast, (hopefully) thanking the speaker in an amusing way. She might also make a reference to Burns' women and life.
Favourite poems and recitations which usually follow are "Tam o' Shanter", "To A Mouse" and "Holy Willie's Prayer". Finally, the night ends with everyone joining hands and singing "Auld Lang Syne".